On Saturday night (May 7) AC/DC made their debut appearance with their brand new temporary frontman, Axl Rose – who you might recognise from his day job as the singer with a little ol’ rock band known as Guns N’ Roses. The gig took place at Passeio Marítimo de Algés in Lisbon, Portugal. Check out all the action in these spectacular pics and read our exclusive interview with Axl and AC/DC before they played their first show.
The European leg of AC/DC's 'Rock or Bust' tour had to be rearranged when frontman Brian Johnson discovered he was at risk of losing his hearing if he continued touring and playing live.
There was only one thing for it - get a sub in. And who else but one of the greatest rock frontmen of all time, the mighty Axl Rose.
Angus Young - the band's iconic guitar player - spoke to NME before the show about replacing Brian. "When you’re in that situation you got to make decisions pretty quick, because there are a lot of people waiting," he explained. "Because of the nature of Brian’s deafness, we knew that there was no easy fix."
The band's drummer, Chris Slade, played with AC/DC from 1989 to 1994, but rejoined last year to replace Phil Rudd, who was arrested for threatening to kill one of his former employees. Blimey.
Angus Young is 61, yet still performs in his trademark schoolboy uniform. God bless Angus Young.
Axl Rose was confined to a 'throne' for the show, after breaking his foot earlier this year. Handily, fellow rock god Dave Grohl was able to lend him the seat he used last year when touring with Foo Fighters after breaking his leg. So he really is the nicest man in rock.
Speaking to NME about the chair, Axl commented: "It is the same actual chair itself with a different base so I worked more with their stage set-up, ‘cos I just thought it was too high and grandiose and crazy whereas this kind of blends in."
Loving the natty towel holder to Axl's left. A lesson in how to get sweaty with style.
No AC/DC show is complete without fireworks. They pyro-ed the hell out of Lisbon this weekend.
The scenic statdium was right by the sea. The band come to the UK next month, with shows in London on June 4 and Manchester on June 4. For those off to those gigs to rock, we salute you.